Thursday, 8 March 2012

My Voki

Unfortunately I can't post my Voki because it's always failed, but here's the link:

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Article summary: "To realize your potential, dare to be different"

Author Rich Horwath's article "To realize your potential, dare to be different" points out some useful thing, which can help you  to find the best way to be succesful. 
He mentions that "strategic thinking" is the most important business skill and it can advance your career. He also says that the heart of strategic is differentation. And to realize our full potential, we must embrace the style that makes us unique. But he also mentions that every people has a different style in abilities, background, temperament etc. The only difficulty is uncovering and living that unique style. 
Maybe the comfortable way is to follow the herd and not take the risks, but if you do that, your success and high profit can be in danger. As the author says: "We are all different from one another; our strategies need to be different as well." It means that doing different things than the competition, or doing the same things in different ways. But it's not about being better, it's about being different. 
The author shows us two examples: differentation art and in the kitchen. The differentation in art is about Britain's richest living artist, Damien Hirts. He created series of artworks from dead animals in formaldehyde. It caused a big debate whether it is art or not, but one thing is for sure: with his different strategy he has jolted the business world of art.
The other example is about chef Grant Achatz who has conceived a new concept. His new restaurant, called Next serves four menus per a year, from great moment of the culinary history or future. Instead of reservations, bookings are made more like those for a play or a sporting event.
Discover your differentation (only the answers):

1. I'm afraid I am an average person, and I don't think that I have a special talent or ability.
2. Well, my free time activities are reading, drawing and watching films. So I am average in this too.
3. I think I am enduring, but maybe to sensitive.
4. -
5. Maybe  I can feel with people when somebody is in trouble and I try to help.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Movie critic: The Burbs

Hello everyone! In my first post I would like to show you one of my favourite films: The Burbs (1989). It is an American comedy horror/thriller film, directed by Joe Dante. My favourite actor is Tom Hanks, who plays Ray Peterson, the main character of the film. Also starring Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson. The story is located in Mayfield Place, a cul-de-sac in a fictional town called Hinkley Hills. Ray Peterson lives in a typical American neighbourhood, when some new neighbours come to live in the house next door to him. The new family is so strange, their house is a real mess, nobody has ever seen them, and every night you can hear weird noises from their basement. Their name is the only thing they know: Klopeks. Ray takes a week off from work just to stay at home in pyjamas all day and relax. But he has no normal neighbours, for example the cigar-smoking Vietnam veteran, Lt. Mark Rumsfield, the rocker young boy, Ricky Butler and the silly and greedy Art Weingartner. Once an old man of the neighbourhood, Walter suddenly disappears and everyone starts to suspect the Klopeks. Therefore Ray Peterson and the other neighbours decide to investigate what's wrong with the Klopeks, and the relaxing week-off from work becomes something far from relaxing...
At the end of the film, after Ray has concluded that he and the neighbours were wrong about the Klopeks, Werner Klopek reveales that the Klopek family is a front of a cannibalistic cult, and their theory was true. Ricky uncover a large selection of bones in the Klopek's trunk. The Klopeks are then arrested.
In my opinion, this film is rather a black comedy than a real horror movie. It's not frightful, but very exciting and often funny. I like it because it's not a typical movie.
Here is the trailer of the film and one of the best scenes: